[caption id="attachment_24573" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/J. Michael Jones[/caption] Washington state regulators received no formal comment from Amazon.com Inc. during public hearings on a proposal to create a new insurance risk category for the e-commerce compan...
[caption id="attachment_23250" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStock.com/maska82[/caption] The long-term economic losses of workers with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS), whose common symptoms include numbness and weakening of the hand muscles, have long been known to exceed those of wo...
Washington state is a surprisingly safe place to work when it comes to on-the-job fatalities, according to Business.org. Using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the business research firm looked at the number of fatal workplace injuries per 100,000 residents aged 18 and older. Combinin...
Over the past five years, 15 disabled employees have sued Washington state for terminating their worker’s compensation benefits after completion of a state-contracted retraining program at the unaccredited school Office Careers, Seattle news station KING5 has found. The findings support KING5's i...
Falls, trips and slips are consistently among the top ways workers get seriously injured or worse on the job. In 2018, Washington state witnessed 7,400 injuries and 17 deaths from work-related tumbles, according to statistics from the Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I). Not s...
Reports of an in increase in consumer spending provided more good news for the U.S. economy and boosted stocks on Friday as Wall Street closed its best first quarter since 1998.  In February, consumer spending rose by the highest rate in seven months – 0.8% – prompting economists to boost their...
In recent months the California Department of Insurance has been trying to enlist "suspicious employers," investigators, and "concerned co-workers" in the fight against insurance fraud by asking them to use social networks and "smart interviewing techniques that uncover information [leading] to pr...
On January 3, the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) adopted the Hazardous Drugs rule, which aims to protect health care workers from harmful exposure to chemotherapy or other hazardous drugs. The rule will go into effect in stages, beginning January 1, 2013. The rule was enacted in res...
Employers who give injured workers the opportunity to stay at light-duty jobs during their recovery may be eligible for reimbursement through the Department of Labor & Industries.  This incentive has emerged out of a new program in Washington State designed to keep injured workers in their jobs...
According to this month’s issue of the American Public Health Association journal, Medical Care, studies of occupational healthcare in Washington indicate that improving medical care for injured workers significantly decreases missed work time. The study was conducted by Dr Thomas Wickizer of Ohio...